What Should You Do If You're Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence?

What Should You Do If You're Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence?

Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 26-May-2017

Facing false accusations can be both frustrating and daunting, and it can be difficult to figure out what the right move is to defend your future. Unfortunately, whether you are innocent or not, the penalties you could be facing for domestic violence are very serious and could have a lasting impact on your life. To better defend and protect yourself, follow these simple steps to handle the false accusations against you.

Understand What You’re Up Against

One of the best things you can do for yourself, when facing false charges, is to learn everything you can about the charges you were accused of. Domestic violence is defined as threats or acts of physical abuse against a spouse, partner, family member, or anyone living in the same household. This may include mental or psychological abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, stalking, or written threats. These charges may be misdemeanors or felonies, depending on each particular case, the victims and their alleged injury or damage sustained.

Evaluate Any Evidence

Chances are your accuser is gathering evidence against you. Did you text anything that could be understood as abusive? Was there a voicemail, email, phone call, picture, or any other type of physical evidence the accuser may have that they could use in court? Think back on anything the alleged victim could try to use against you and establish what really happened to explain the truth behind the false accusations.

Build Your Defense

Defend the accusations with evidence of your own. For example, if the victim sustained a bruise on his or her arm from a bicycling injury, but they claim it was from you, think of how you could disprove it. If you rode with someone else who saw your accuser fall and sustain the injury, see if they will testify to what they saw. Or, if you went to the doctor and the accuser told a nurse the injury was from a bike ride, see if the nurse will provide you with a written statement.

Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney

You can do a lot to help your case, but nothing can replace the legal knowledge and experience of a criminal defense lawyer. At Owenby Law, P.A. our Jacksonville criminal defense lawyers are dedicated to defending the rights of our clients throughout Florida and we will work hard to ensure your freedoms are protected. Not only do we offer confidential evaluations, we also make our 30-minute consultations free to ensure you invest in our help only when you are confident in our ability to defend you.

To get started on your case, contact Owenby Law, P.A.

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